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CARMEL, Ind. (April 2, 2014)– National Walking Day is Wednesday and Hoosiers will be participating in the event by lacing up their tennis shoes and taking time to go for a stroll.

The American Heart Association is encouraging people to learn about the health benefits of walking.

Participating companies are signing up for one-hour time slots for their employees to get out and walk and to take part in the local “Walk Around the Clock” event.

J.D. Byrider in Carmel took part. Employee Natalie Miller, who lives with cardiomyopathy, said walking is one of the ways she stays healthy.

“Even if I do nothing else, I get out and walk,” Miller said.

Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s number one and number four killers and 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. The Heart Association reports an extra 20 minutes of walking each day could burn seven pounds of body fat in a year.